Kids demonstrated their seriousness

first_imgRe May 2 letter, “Would students still protest on weekend?”: James Curtain asked how many students would turn up if protests were held on a Saturday instead of a school day. The biggest rally so far was held on a Saturday in Washington, D.C. More than a half a million people attended the March for Life on Saturday, March 24. (I even attended at age 69.)Diane Sanders HombachSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, music Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Trump says to host Mideast deal signing in three weeks

first_img“That was a tremendous thing that happened. We have a lot of other interesting things going on with other nations also having to do with peace agreements and a lot of big news is coming over the next few weeks,” Trump said.”I am sure you will be very impressed and more importantly it’s great for our country, a great thing for the world.”Crucial to the UAE decision to forge ties with Israel is a commitment by Netanyahu to halt his plans to annex swaths of Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank.But speaking alongside Trump, the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said the Jewish state had not abandoned the plan.”It’s just something that will be deferred until we give peace every single chance,” Friedman told reporters.While Friedman echoed Netanyahu in saying that the annexation plan remained “on the table,” Trump himself was more circumspect.”I can’t talk about some time into the future, that’s a big statement. Right now it’s off the table,” he said.”They agreed not to do it. I think it’s very important, it’s a great concession and it’s a very smart concession.” The leaders of Israel and the United Arab Emirates will sign their historic peace accord in the White House in around three weeks, US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday.Trump, speaking at press conference hours after the deal was announced, praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the UAE’s ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan as “fantastic” partners who had demonstrated “vision and leadership.””I look forward to hosting them at the White House very soon to formally sign the agreement,” he told reporters. Topics :center_img “We’ll probably be doing it over the next, I would say, three weeks.”The summit will evoke memories of previous Middle East peace signings in the United States including the inking of the Oslo Accords in 1993 which brought the late Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat together in Washington.US President Jimmy Carter also hosted the signing of the Camp David Accords between Egypt’s Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Menachem Begin in 1978.Trump hinted that the UAE may not be the last country to strike a deal with Israel which so far has only had formal diplomatic relations with two other Arab nations, Egypt and Jordan.last_img read more

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Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick could quit board over Unai Emery

first_imgSir Chips, right, with Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke (Picture: Getty)Should the 79-year-old, who is a lifelong Arsenal fan, walk away from the club it would end a long association with the Gunners, having first become a director back in 2005.Emery is believed to have three more Premier League games to turn Arsenal’s season around – against Norwich, Brighton and West Ham – and any further slip-ups could see him axed, particularly with north London rivals Tottenham having acted so decisively.MORE: Unai Emery adamant he retains support of Arsenal board after Southampton drawMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends message to Arsenal fans after disappointing Southampton drawMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City The long-serving Gunners chief, right, feels his influence has been diluted (Picture: Getty)Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick is reportedly considering resigning from the board over Unai Emery’s continued reign at the club and feels powerless to do anything.The Gunners failed to win yet again in the Premier League on Saturday, escaping with a 2-2 draw at home to Southampton thanks to a brace from Alexandre Lacazette – though could easily have lost the match.Arsenal now sit in seventh place in the table, eight points adrift of the top-four spots, and have not won in the league since beating Bournemouth at the start of October. Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick considering resigning over Unai Emery situation Arsenal gave another woeful performance and Southampton should have won (Picture: Getty)The pressure is now ramping up on Emery, with large sections of supporters turning on the manager and chanting for him to leave during Saturday’s clash at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Athletic, those noises were heard loud and clear in the boardroom and Sir Chips – who has been chairman since taking over from Peter Hill-Wood in 2013 – felt ‘compelled’ to consider handing in his resignation.He feels he has been frozen out from the decision-making process over Emery’s future and does not want to ‘carry the can’ for the current discontent.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalTechnical director Edu and head of football Raul Sanllehi are the two key players in Arsenal’s hierarchy now and intend to give Emery more time before reassessing his position.Managing director Vinai Venkatesham, chief negotiator Huss Fahmy and Josh Kroenke, son of owner Stan, make up the decision-making group, with Sir Chips having been sidelined with virtually no say in Emery’s future. Advertisementcenter_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 Nov 2019 8:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Pennsylvania Expands Workforce Program Linking Teachers with Local Employers

first_img April 10, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by teachers and business leaders today to announce nearly $2.6 million in Teacher in the Workplace grants supporting 59 programs in Pennsylvania. The governor is committed to strengthening the collaboration between local educators and businesses to better prepare students with the skills for in-demand jobs.“These grants enable teachers to visit local employers and learn about the skills and knowledge their students need to succeed in today’s workforce,” said Governor Wolf. “Teachers bring that experience to their classrooms to develop lessons that teach students the skills they will need for those good jobs.“Teachers can also tell students and parents about the new and growing careers available in their community. Many of the rewarding jobs offer good pay and students will be ready for a trade school, community college, four-year college or an apprenticeship.”Teacher in the Workplace grants are part of Governor Wolf’s strategy for Pennsylvania to have the strongest workforce in the nation that drives the strongest economy. Other actions taken by the governor include:• Creating PAsmart, a new innovative $30 million investment in STEM and computer science education, apprenticeships and job training that prioritizes partnerships among schools, employers and communities. The governor is proposing an additional $10 million for PAsmart to expand job training to more adult workers.• Proposing the Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) in the 2019-20 budget. SWEAP builds on the success of PAsmart to provide opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. The plan expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector.• Establishing the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center that brings together commonwealth agencies and the private sector to close the skills gap.• Launching the Apprenticeship and Training Office resulting in 138 new sponsors and 193 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, increasing the total number of registered apprentices to 16,866 statewide.• Starting the Manufacturing PA Initiative to support critical training in the important sector of that economy.This is the second year the Wolf administration has used federal funds to award Teacher in the Workplace grants to local workforce development boards. Last year $2 million in grants enabled approximately 1,200 educators to participate through 48 programs. The governor’s 2019-20 budget proposes to build on that success by leveraging $5 million in federal funds to continue expanding the program.In York County, a grant last year enabled several West Shore School District teachers to visit New Concept Technology and learn about advanced manufacturing.“In preparing our children to be career-ready after graduation, I feel it is just as important to expose teachers to the challenges and opportunities of our changing workforce as it is our students,” said Mark Miller, Career Coordinator at Cedar Cliff High School. “The Teacher in the Workplace grant received by the West Shore School District will help make these valuable connections and first-hand experiences possible for our staff.”“New Concept Technology continues to engage in meaningful relationships with local school districts to provide an avenue for students who may not be seeking post-secondary education,” said Kristina Lotwick, Human Resources Director for New Concept Technology. “Our relationship with students fosters solid career paths through our apprentice program and other avenues. It is our commitment to the future generations and surrounding communities that make the Teacher in the Workplace program invaluable to our organization.In Allegheny County, a grant led the Pine-Richland School District and Eaton Electrical to partner on energy efficiency projects to teach students real-world skills about engineering and design from elementary through high school.“We are so thankful for the opportunity to bring these experiences to our students at Pine-Richland,” said Beth Grover, a third-grade teacher at Richland Elementary School in Allegheny County. “As educators, we have already learned so much through our corporate partnership, and I am certain that this partnership will not only be sustainable, but impactful on our students of all ages.”In Lackawanna County, the Teacher in the Workplace initiative is helping General Dynamics Land Systems to coordinate with local teachers to highlight exciting jobs in manufacturing and other careers.“We collectively need to close the skills gap by supporting and expanding programs such as Teacher in the Workplace,” said Frank Fata, Director of Scranton Plant Operations for General Dynamics Land Systems. “It’s our responsibility to enlighten teachers, students and other supportive organizations of the high demand for advanced technical careers. Manufacturing and the associated technologies are rapidly evolving, which require a steady stream of tech-savvy builders, fabricators and innovators to insure success in the global markets of today.”The Teacher in the Workplace grants are funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Federal dollars financed 91.4 percent, or $2,637,017.75 of the TIW grants. Local workforce investment boards provided matching funds for 9.6 percent or $248,141.69 for these projects.center_img Pennsylvania Expands Workforce Program Linking Teachers with Local Employerslast_img read more

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Joseph Mariathasan: Who can survive the bite of a FANG?

first_imgIf everything can be bought from Amazon, who can prosper in its shadow? Unknown brands with the latest new fads certainly have all the distribution capabilities they would ever need.However, major brands with expensive bricks and mortar such as department stores are suffering. Macy’s announced they were closing 100 stores in early 2017 and are trying to rapidly develop a digital strategy. Specialist businesses that focus on quick delivery, advice or just experience may survive, as arguably few would wish to buy high-end jewellery on the internet.As well as the direct impact of shifting consumer activity towards online purchases, the other major impact of FANGs is clearly through their increasing stranglehold on advertising spend. The most obvious impact of what is essentially an internet-driven revolution is in shopping malls. While China’s major urban cities have shopping malls packed with high end retailers and few customers who prefer using the social media app WeChat, the actual square footage of mall space given the size of the country’s population is relatively small compared to Europe.In the case of the US, the opposite is true. Some estimates see the US as oversupplied by a factor of 300%-500%. The impact is being seen in store closures, with over 1,200 shutting in 2016 – and perhaps double that in 2017. Many malls are struggling, particularly those in second- or third-tier locations. Their large spaces may end up being repositioned for a variety of other activities, including call centres and distribution points, with even Amazon taking up space. The batch of earnings results for US technology stocks released last month outstripped expectations and led to a boost in share prices.Valuing tech stocks is certainly not easy when the ‘FANGS’ – Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google – have disrupted the US consumer marketplace in a winner-takes-all onslaught. But whether the FANGs themselves are seen as good or bad investments at any one time may be of less importance than the impact of their activities on the US economy as a whole.Who can survive the bite of a FANG? Their activities have led to wholesale restructurings across a range of areas. The ecosystems and networks they have built up dominate their respective marketplaces: Facebook in social relationships, Amazon in retailing, Netflix in subscription services and Google in internet searches.For investors, there is little point in trying to find another FANG-type success in the mid- and small-cap markets of the US. Instead, the emphasis has to be on who can survive and prosper in the new environment. center_img The internet already accounts for 40% of all US advertising spend. TV may still be bigger, but not by much. Facebook reported revenues of $8bn (€6.8bn) in Q1 2017 and margins of 41%. Nearly 2bn people use it on a monthly basis, but it only has 19,000 employees.The effects of the FANGs can be more subtle but still profound. Parcel delivery firms face challenges to their business-to-consumer activity, which is price sensitive and expensive to undertake. They face competition from the US postal service, which on Sundays is reportedly exclusively delivering for Amazon. Fee structures effectively cap prices that the likes of UPS can charge, making it difficult for them to get a decent return on their capital expenditure.However, perhaps the most profound impact of tech stocks is that, by their nature, they are able to eliminate many middle-class jobs. That may be good for shareholders, but perhaps less so for new graduates.The challenge that developed countries face with the success of the FANGs (and the growth of emerging markets sucking manufacturing jobs towards locations with cheaper labour) is that of rising inequality. Perhaps it is not surprising that Mark Zuckerberg is one of those advocating a new social contract incorporating ideas such as a basic universal income.IPE Real Assets investigated the potential impact of Amazon’s arrival in Australia on the country’s property market in the September/October edition.last_img read more

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UPDATE: Man found – Police need assistance with missing person

first_imgVevay, IN—UPDATE: August 2, 2019The Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department is pleased to inform the community that Jeffery Roark has been located alive and well.  Roark was located several miles from his home shortly before 10 am today by Switzerland County Sheriff Detective Joe Spilman.A missing persons investigation was initiated on July 24th after Roark was reported missing by friends and family.  At this time, it does not appear that any foul play was involved according to the detective.The sheriff’s department would like to thank the public for their concern by sharing information on social media. UPDATE: July 31, 2019Chris Curry with the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office stated that police along with family have searched the area around Roark’s home and found no evidence to his disappearance.  Curry asks that anyone with any tips, even if they seem insignificant, please contact the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office at 812-427-3636. ORIGINAL STORY:The Switzerland County Sheriff Office is asking for public assistance in a missing person investigation.Jeffery L. Roark, age 61, was last seen at his residence along Parks Ridge Rd. on the evening of Wednesday, July 24. Family and close friends report having no contact with Roark since that time. Roark does suffer from serious health issues and is believed to be in need of medical attention.If anyone has information concerning Roark’s whereabouts, they are urged to contact Detective Joe Spilman at (812) 427-3636.last_img read more

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McIlroy desperate for Masters glory

first_img He added: “The main golf season is from April to the end of August (encompassing the four major championships) so that’s when I want to play my best golf.” The chances of that happening looked slim at the start of the season, with a missed cut at the Abu Dhabi Championship in his first event since signing a multi-million pound deal with Nike being followed by a first-round loss to Shane Lowry in the Accenture Match Play Championship. Worse was to come when he then withdrew from his defence of the Honda Classic midway through a terrible second round, initially telling reporters that he was in a “bad place mentally” but then issuing a statement blaming his exit on the pain from a wisdom tooth which is due to be removed in June. A few days later the 23-year-old admitted that was no excuse and publicly apologised, before finishing the WGC-Cadillac Championship with a round of 65 to suggest that his game was finally returning to the sort of shape which brought him five wins in 2012, one of them being a second major at the US PGA Championship. After only finishing 45th at the Houston Open, McIlroy then added last week’s Texas Open to his schedule at the last minute – forcing him to cancel a trip to Haiti as a Unicef ambassador – but it paid dividends with a closing 66 to finish just two shots behind winner Martin Laird. “I feel last week went really well, almost perfect,” McIlroy said. “I got what I wanted out of it in terms of playing more competitive golf, a bonus was getting into contention and how I played then was pleasing. “I chased Martin pretty hard and most times a 66 is going to be enough, I just got beat by an unbelievable round.” Press Association Rory McIlroy paused for a moment when asked if anything less than a win at the Masters this week would be a disappointment, but the answer was worth the wait.center_img Despite his well-publicised struggles this season with a combination of new equipment, poor form, poor judgement and a painful wisdom tooth, McIlroy was unequivocal. “Yeah, it would be,” the Northern Irishman said. “Every time you come to Augusta you want to win the Green Jacket and every time you don’t it’s another chance missed. If I am sitting here on Sunday having finished second and having given it a good run you can’t be too disappointed, but the ultimate aim is to win.” last_img read more

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McMillan strike gives Dundalk hope

first_img Stephen Kenny’s men were rocked by a 10th-minute goal from Aleksandr Karnitski. A sloppy Shields mistake in midfield allowed BATE to surge forward and Vitali Rodionov and Aleksandr Karnitski exchanged passes on the edge of the box before the latter sent a shot past Gary Rogers. McMillan, who missed a glorious chance earlier in the game, equalised after 33 minutes when he pounced on a stray ball before shooting through the goalkeeper’s legs. Press Association It was no more than Dundalk deserved but they suffered a cruel blow five minutes later when BATE edged back in front. Rogers looked to have a comfortable save to make from Evgeni Yablonski’s shot from the edge of the area but the ball clipped Chris Shields and wrong-footed the Lilywhites keeper. Kenny’s team rode their luck at times in the remainder of the contest. Rogers made two good saves while Igor Stasevich missed a decent chance to extend the host’s lead, meaning there is all to play for at Oriel Park in next week’s second leg. center_img David McMillan scored a precious away goal for Dundalk but the Lilywhites lost 2-1 to BATE Borisov in the first leg of their Champions League second round qualifying tie.last_img read more

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Fulham denied by late Baggies leveller

first_imgFulham 1 West Brom 1Somen Tchoyi’s late equaliser did nothing to lighten the mood of Fulham fans unhappy at the sale of Bobby Zamora.Boss Martin Jol was unable to field an out-and-out striker following Zamora’s deadline day move to QPR and in a tight first half his team struggled in front of goal.AdChoices广告Clint Dempsey raised their spirits when he turned and fired past keeper Ben Foster in the 70th minute.But substitute Tchoyi slotted home James Morrison’s flick to give Albion’s former Fulham boss Roy Hodgson a deserved point on his return to Craven Cottage.Only twice this season have the Whites failed to score at home, with a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa on the opening day followed by a 5-0 drubbing by Manchester United before Christmas.And it looked as though this game would be the third with Dempsey, an attacking midfielder by trade, the furthest man forward ahead of a five-man midfield leaving Fulham without a recognised striker.The American had the ball in the net as early as the 11th minute when he slotted home Danny Murphy’s pass, only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.But in an even first half, Simon Cox and James Morrison forced saves out of David Stockdale before Peter Odemwingie, linked with a move to Craven Cottage on deadline day, should have done better with a glorious chance from inside the penalty area.Stockdale did brilliantly again to keep out a low effort from Marc-Antoine Fortune as the Baggies caused more problems in the second half.But some renewed pressure from Fulham allowed Bryan Ruiz to play a great pass from just outside the box to find Dempsey, who fired past Foster from 12 yards out.Tchoyi replaced Cox with 13 minutes remaining and immediately the beefy forward looked lively.And he burst into space on the right-hand side of the penalty area to receive Morrison’s flick-on and fire past Stockdale.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Infantino Plays Down Hope of Expanded World Cup

first_img“I haven’t changed my mind,” said Infantino.“I was positive about it from the beginning because I think if we can increase the number of teams it is good for football. That is why we are going to do it for the 2026 World Cup.“Can we do it for 2022? It is a difficult challenge.”Accommodating another 16 teams would vastly complicate Qatar’s task in preparing for the World Cup, which was awarded to the tiny desert state in 2010.“We are in discussion with Qatar,” said Infantino, who said the tournament would need to spread to neighbouring countries.“It will be a very, very difficult challenge to do it only in Qatar.“So personally, as president of FIFA, I would be very happy if some matches could be shared with some countries in the region.”The question of regional cooperation has been complicated by Qatar’s stand-off with neighbours Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, who have cut off diplomatic relations and imposed a blockade on the resource-rich country, accusing it of endorsing terror activities.“In the light of current circumstances in the region I would be even happier if it could happen,” he said.“Football unites, builds bridges, that could be a concrete result.“What are the chances? Certainly small but what is wrong in discussing it?” said Infantino.A final decision will be made in March at the next FIFA Council in Miami before the draws for qualifying are made.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Gianni Infantino FIFA President Gianni Infantino all but wrote off the chances of an expanded 48-team competition at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday.Last month Infantino told the Asian Football Confederation’s annual congress in Kuala Lumpur that increasing the number of teams from the 32 that made up the tournament in Russia this year was “feasible”.However he appeared to backtrack on that during an interview with AFP and other media in Zurich.last_img read more

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